WATCH: Bronx Street Renamed After Hero Teen Who Died Trying to Save a Child in a Fire

Two years ago a blaze broke out in a 16 story apartment building in the Belmont area of The Bronx that left a dozen injured and two dead.

One of the victims was 19 year old Lucas Silverio Mendoza who had already rescued his grandmother from the burning building when he ran back in to rescue a little three year old girl named Yasleen McDonald who died a day later.

Lucas was beloved by his community and called by his friends and family a kind soul.

Now he will be remembered with a street renamed in his honor at the corner of Crotona Avenue and Grote Street where he lived and ultimately perished.

Friday, the day of the street renaming, would have been his 21st birthday.

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.